Another Year Happier

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Turning 26 is a little bit of a drag not going to lie. Every year I do cry on my birthday for the simple fact that I’m getting older and time is flying by. However, as I reflect on what has happened in my life since my last birthday, it brings a huge smile to my face. Not every day was roses & champagne. I went through a very hard break up, physically and emotionally, but I also achieved some pretty awesome goals. Even that hard time had a positive outcome. There were way more happy days than sad days. My brother told me something that really hit me hard. He said everyone wants to hangout with you because you are a go getter. You set goals and you crush them. I never thought about that before. Doesn’t everyone accomplish their goals I thought? I also thought to myself what goals is he actually talking about because I didn’t set any last time I checked! But then I really thought about it, and I did meet goals this year and actually have made some lifelong memories that I will never forget. Here is a little recap of my year from 25- 26.

I threw myself a quarter of a century birthday celebration with a Paris theme! All of my close friends & family were there and that means the most to me!

my Paris Themed 25th Birthday Party

My 25th Birthday Shindig, needless to say the wrinkled Eiffel Tower just didn’t cut it for me.

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I love crowns! I wear one every year!

I love crowns! I wear one every year!

All the special people in my life, I will forever be grateful for.

All the special people in my life, I will forever be grateful for.

I tried the flying trapeze for the first time, something always on my bucket list. I love new adventures especially if it has some fitness attached to it.

This was so much fun a little scary but everyone should try it!

This was so much fun a little scary but everyone should try it!

I did a few basketball games, finally saw Derrick Rose play in person (my favorite player) & met the legend LJ Johnson from the Knicks.

The other biggest bulls fan I know! can't wait for the next basketball season!

The other biggest bulls fan I know! can’t wait for the next basketball season!

LJ Johnson, he told me I was small & cute!

LJ Johnson, he told me I was small & cute!

I went through a break up with my boyfriend which was tough, but grew up in the time. I went to my first concert ALONE, it was Mariah Carey Christmas concert and it was amazing!

Her Christmas songs are still number 1!

Her Christmas songs are still number 1!

I traveled to Mexico and had a one on one girl’s trip with my best friend, which was the perfect getaway.

We met some new awesome ladies on the trip! Look at that blue water!!

We met some new awesome ladies on the trip! Look at that blue water!!

I got back together with my boyfriend and we have been stronger than ever.

Our first dinner back together celebrating us!

Our first dinner back together celebrating us!

I booked a very spontaneous trip to Miami, we booked it 3 days before departure and after the brutal winter we had it was nourishing to say the least.

Riding around in sunny Miami, we definitely worked up a sweat!

Riding around in sunny Miami, we definitely worked up a sweat!

During this trip, I finally fed a giraffe (I am the biggest giraffe lover) and cried, this was definitely a goal for sure!

Giraffe crop top [x] Giraffe sunglasses [x] Live Giraffe [x]

Giraffe crop top [x] Giraffe sunglasses [x] Live Giraffe [x]

My best friend moved away from me to Florida, that was another rough time for me.

one of our last nights together :(

one of our last nights together 🙁

I bought a puppy and added to my little family of me and my boyfriend. The joy he bring us is indescribable but definitely taught us a lot of responsibility.

We had a boy!! Baby King Toro

We had a boy!! Baby King Toro

I took my boyfriend to Jamaica! We relaxed with fruity drinks and climbed the Dunn Rivers Falls.

Dunn River Falls! We did it!

Dunn River Falls! We did it!

I started this blog! Something I wasn’t sure about/extremely nervous about but now I know this was meant to be!

My first introduction to my blog!

My first introduction to my blog!

I traveled to Paris!! Paris was number one on my bucket list, and after having a Paris themed birthday party, and then going not even a year later was astonishing.

Paris with my brother, my best friend.

Paris with my brother, my best friend.

I did rock climbing for the first time, and it was fun but definitely hard. It showed me how tough I actually am and won’t give up.

Made it to the top on almost all of them, still have to go back and finish the last one.

Made it to the top on almost all of them, still have to go back and finish the last one.

I celebrated my 2 year anniversary with the most handsome guy I know! Just to see us go through such a tough time & come out back on top is definitely a goal I didn’t plan on.

2 years!!

2 years!!

I traveled to Tampa, Florida to see my best friend & experience clear water Florida.

Tampa lifestyle

Tampa lifestyle

As I sit here and reflect on my 26th Birthday, I have met 17 goals and that’s just to say the least. There were so many little things I am forever grateful for, like just watching my boyfriend and the dog play together. Coming home and being greeted with such unconditional love from my little dog, everyday after work. The fun pool days in the summer just lounging.

So as my day is ending what will be my goals for next year? What will I want to reach by the time I am 27. Here’s a list of a few of my new goals, hopefully I can meet them:

1) My blog will have had a few sponsors
2) I will own my own apartment
3) Start cooking at least once a week
4) Go to South Africa
5) Change a person’s life
6) Do more volunteer work with my Church
7) Complain less

Of course, life never goes as planned. I will try my hardest to meet these life goals. I can’t wait to see what 26 has in store for me. I can’t wait to see all the unexpected goals I will have met. I look forward to another year of being happier!

What are some of your goals & dreams, I would love to hear them! Comment below or comment on my Instagram or Facebook post!

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My perfect little family !

My perfect little family !

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  1. Love reading your blog especially this one! It’s so good to see you accomplish so many things. As I read your blog about aging, I realized that I myself complained about getting older but now that I’m 26 I’m looking at it more positively and know that great things are coming my way. Cheers to being 26, let’s continue to succeed on to 27! 😉

  2. I’m so proud of my niece Erica I loved reading your blog God has truly Blessed you! Never change I ❤️❤️❤️